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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables (in 28 reviews)

  • The ability to work from home was great (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management made poor buying decisions (in 28 reviews)

  • Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Development

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and good environment to work for,

    Cons

    interesting management and very forward looking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. badly managed. Too many project cancelled

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior\r Development Manager in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior\r Development Manager in Billerica, MA

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the most talented engineers worked at Nortel.

    Cons

    Lack of experienced managers and lack of good Sales force

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of how products progress. Keep a close relation with the engineers not to lose them


  3. Great technology, poor strategy and management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Billerica, MA

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Learning about networking, working with high technology and experienced engineers.

    Cons

    Chronic downsizing leading to eventual bankrupcy


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  5. It was a fair place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to learn from a job, it is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Top management did not have a good long term plan or a technology view.

    Advice to Management

    Have a good plan to lead the company,


  6. Bankrupt

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nortel pays well and there is flexibility for both work schedules and work locations (teleworking is common).

    Cons

    The company is bankrupt and therefore there is limited potential.

    Advice to Management

    Cash is king and M&A is not a strategy that works for Nortel.


  7. Exactly as dysfunctional as you'd expect from a company with Nortel's reputation

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Billerica, MA

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits were very good Good opportunity to learn technology (not anymore, I wouldn't think) Excellent tuition reimbursement program. Employees given bonuses despite horrendous business climate

    Cons

    Management was terrible Merit isn't rewarded. Often the *worst* employees in the group were promoted, just to get rid of them. Absolutely no training - new hires learn through "trial by fire" Transformed into a nightmare of policies and procedures for everything, that didn't work and hampered actual productivity.

    Advice to Management

    I'd say it is a moot point at this stage. Management did everything wrong, and milked every last dime out of the company they could before everything completely sank.


  8. Once a great place to work....

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, wonderful working environment with intelligent, cooperative co-workers. Ability to work from home when necessary and adjust work schedule if required.

    Cons

    Senior management is terrible, more concerned with their own well being than insuring the company survives. In spite of numerous attempts to counteract it, each product group maintained their own silo of development, marketing etc., leading to inefficiencies and poor product interoperability.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good Company, Good Products, Good workforce but Terrible Executive Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work and life balance - you will get enough flexibility to work from home or on off hours if you choose to do so and telecommuting is encouraged. Good salary and benefits - even in these tough times Nortel pays well and contributes well in 401K plans. Good technology - and its products are well known in the marketplace, although with tough competition from Cisco, Juniper etc. Smart peers who are helpful and dedicated.

    Cons

    Might not survive this downturn of economy. Terrible executive leadership and board seems to choose all the wrong CEO's over and over again. Maybe board of directors are the problem.

    Advice to Management

    Starting from CEO down to 2 levels of management - executives are good in making stories but terrible in either vision or leadership. They should be sacked first without any severance


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good people despite the executive leadership...

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are still some good people working in the ranks despite the employee reductions and exodus.

    Cons

    Many of the fundamental problems that plagued Nortel for years remain unsolved or even exaggerated over the last few years. Senior leadership is putting some parts of the company into a real hole.

    Advice to Management

    Process for the sake of process, multiple layers of bureaucracy, and constant departmental re-organizations are the antithesis of innovation, passion, and "business made simple" values that you preach.


  11. Helpful (2)

    DeadBeef

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty easy day with decent pay

    Cons

    No job security, everyone is quiting, they are not hiring in US, sending jobs to Turkey for cheap labor. Management has become mean and demanding

    Advice to Management

    Too late now, bankrupcy in near future, too high cash burn. They screwed up alot of things



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